Vitamin E
The Nerve Protector • Antioxidant • Skin Anti-age
 
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VITAMIN E (Tocopherol)
“The nerve protector” – vitamin E protects against neurological disorders. Vitamin E is also an important and potent anti-oxidant that counteracts the harmful effects of free-radicals. Vitamin E has also been proven to protect our against heart attacks by up to 75%. %. It is also important for the production of energy and maintenance of health at every level.

Even though vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is stored in the body for a short period of time. Up to 75% of daily doses are excreted in the faeces.

Function/Benefits
• Acts as an anticoagulant – prevents blood clots.
• Improves blood circulation.
• Antioxidant – protects cell membranes and LDL cholesterol from free radical damage.
• Anti-age – slows down the aging process.
• Fertility.
• Helps in the prevention of miscarriages.
• Bolsters immunity.
• Protects against neurological disorders.
• Protects against cardiovascular disease.
• Reduces symptoms of PMS.
• Treats skin problems.
• Prevents photo-oxidative damage to eye lens.
• Spares vitamin A.
• Reduces muscles requirement of oxygen.
• Helps in the normal functioning of muscle and tissue repair.
• Reduces harmful effects of inhaling air pollutants (eg. nitrogen oxide, tobacco smoke.)

Deficiency symptoms
• Cataracts.
• Sterility.
• Miscarriage.
• Age spots.
• Cell membrane damage.
• Heart disease.
• Enlarged prostate.
• Dry, dull hair.
• Stroke.
• Muscle weakness.
• Neuromuscular damage.

Food sources
Almonds. Butter. Fresh wheatgerm. Wheatgerm oil. Oatmeal. Soybeans. Vegetable oils. Broccoli. Leafy green vegetables. Whole grains. Eggs.

U.S. RDA: 30 IU
EU RDA: 10 mg
Supplementation up to 800 IU is ok. Do not exceed 600 IUs if taking with vitamin A (beta carotene). Vitamin E in high doses has been known to interfere with beta carotene absorption. Vitamin C has a sparing effect on vitamin E.

Nutrient Destroyers
Mineral oil. Birth control pills. Chlorine. Rancid fats and oils.

Caution
Vitamin E has been reported to antagonise the effects of vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting. Thus vitamin E may impair this function and lead to longer periods of blood clotting time in predisposed patients (eg. those taking anticoagulants or estrogens).

Toxicity
Vitamin E is generally well tolerated. Large doses over prolonged periods have occasionally caused blurred vision, dizziness, diarrhoea, headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, stomach cramps, lethargy. High doses may be toxic. Doses greater than 800 IUs should be medically supervised.

   

 

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